Somewhere

Album: Broadway Album (1957)
Charted: 43

Songfacts®:

  • From the 1957 musical West Side Story, this takes place in a ballet sequence and is sung by an offstage female. The song was written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. In the movie it is sung by Tony and Maria (the Romeo and Juliet characters).
  • Many artists recorded it, but Barbra Streisand had a top 40 hit with this song on her 1985 Broadway album. Reri Grist sang it in the original film, and in 1964, P. J. Proby's version went to #6 on the UK charts.
  • The song has become a gay anthem not because of the orientation of the songwriters but because it shows hope for a better tomorrow. >>
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  • The Supremes used to perform this song with Diana Ross doing a spoken interlude in the middle; their version can be heard on the album At The Copa. Berry Gordy of Motown Records said of Ross in a 1995 Goldmine interview: "When she does a song like 'Somewhere' in front of an audience she still cries. I mean, I've never seen her do 'Somewhere' without crying. In fact, we used to stop her from doing it every night in the week. The Bernstein song from West Side Story. She was so dramatic and then she did the second ending and it was too much on her emotionally. She's so emotional and she gives all to her audience and she is sincere about it and serious about it."
  • In tribute to Leonard Bernstein, Ben Platt from the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen performed this song at the Grammy Awards in 2018.

Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 13th 1966, Len Barry's covered version of "Somewhere" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #71; and four weeks later on April 3rd, 1966 it peaked at #26 {for 2 weeks} and spent 8 weeks on the Top 100...
    Between May 1965 and September 1966, as a solo artist, he had six Top 100 records; with one reaching the Top 10, "1-2-3" at #2* for one week in 1965...
    Len Barry, born Leonard Borisoff, will celebrate his 73rd birthday in three months on June 12th {2015}...
    * The week "1-2-3" was at #2, the #1 record for that week was "I Hear a Symphony" by the Supremes.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 26th 1957, the original Broadway production of the musical 'West Side Story' premiered at the Winter Garden Theater in N.Y.C.
    The played ran for 985 non-consecutive performances...
    Three songs from the play made Billboard's Top 100 chart; "Maria" by Johnny Mathis {#78 in 1960}, "Tonight" has charted twice, Eddie Fisher {#44 in 1961} and Ferrante & Teicher {#8 in 1961}, and "Somewhere" has charted three times; P.J. Proby {#91 in 1965}, Len Barry {#26 in 1966}, and Barbra Streisand {#43 for 2 weeks on January 19th, 1986}.
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